Re: If the Patriots were to enter FA would they sign...?
posted at 5/10/2012 2:35 PM EDT
In Response to If the Patriots were to enter FA would they sign...?
[QUOTE]Looking at the Roster I could see the Patriots still making some adjustments to certain areas. Now having said that I looked at the top 5 or so players at every position and I came up with my top 5 list of players who if I were them I would be thinking about. RB: Tim Hightower and Cedrick Benson. Hightower obviously has to be deemed healthy from his surgicaly repaired knee but heintreagues me at just 25. Benson has 3 straight 1000 yard seasons and yeah off the field is the issue there but no different then Dillon. OG: Jake Scott was with the Titans, and has 121 career starts. He is on my radar only if I feel vulnerable to what Brian Waters will do or if there is an injury on the interior. DT: Aubrayo Franklin is a run stuffer in a 3-4 but has little if any flexability so it is a 3-4 team that needs to sign him. Not sure we need him but if there is an injury concern inside he is the man. CB: Leigh Bodden (yup him) he is coming off back surgery and says he is going to be ready by training camp to participate and ready to play by september. If he is right again he is worth keeping an eye on I would think. So here is the poll I am interested in from this list. Given what we know of the current roster would you give any of these guys more then a passing glance if you were BB?
Posted by DaBlade[/QUOTE]
Just going through the list you have:
RB - I think we're allset. They brought in Hightower, Grant, and Addai and only one of them currently have a job (the one we signed). Given that they decided to sign Addai over anyone else available leads me to believe they feel they are set at RB with Woohead, Vereen, and Ridley. Don't forgot they also have 3 FB's currently signed and the addition of Bolden. Even if they carry 5 backs this year there's already a log jam and good competition in camp
OG - With G you might see a vet brought in but with Mankins appearing like he'll be fully healed either right before or right after the start of pre-season and Waters looking less likely to retire this year again there is a log jam. Behind Waters and Mankins you have swing players Cannon and Gallery who on their own could be starters. Then you have Connolly who could move over in a pinch and has started along with McDonald and Wendell who will be in for a fight with the UDFA Warren. Given they usually only run 8-9 OL on the gameday roster and around 10 on the 53 man another vet might make good camp competition but not really needed. I'd rather let the new guys try to develop and rely on Gallery and Connolly as vet backups if need be
DT - This one I think you might have some traction but not for a run stuffer. Love, Brace, Wilfork, G Warren, Deadrick can all be interior run stuffers what they are missing is an interior pass rusher. Now, Fanene could be that guy though I like the idea of using him like they did in Cinn as an overpowering large DE in a 43. Pryor is another DL that some believe could be an interior pass rusher if he can stay healthy. I'd still fell more comfortable getting a vet interior pass rusher. However, I see a large number of vet DL being released this year because of the depth and talent of the DL in the last 2 years drafts. I would wait for cut down days and see who gets released before making a move.
43 DE - If Carter is healthy I would take him back in a heart beat. Give him Bequette and Jones and just let him mentor for a year giving him 40% of the snaps, keeping an eye on those old legs
CB - I like the idea of grabbing another vet CB before pre-season starts. our CB core is still extremely young and the idea of grabbing a second vet (Allen being the first) could make a huge difference. I'm just not sure Bodden is that guy now am I convinced he wants to be that guy given how he exited. Maybe a Phillip Buchanon or Drew Coleman?
Anyways, that's my thoughts but all in all I like the team how it's currently setup and don't see the need for major additions. More like adding a couple vet presences to see if they have anything left in the tank or pre-season competition